Published on May 27th, 2015 | by Duke0910
Review: Tilelicious: Delicious Tiles
Developer: BattleLine Games LLC
Publisher: BattleLine Games
System: Wii U Release Date: May 4, 2015
2048 is a game that most individuals have access to in some way. Whether it be on your mobile device, or right on your computer in a small browser; the simple game of 2048 is everywhere for you to try. Small developer, BattleLine Games, decides to take an interesting spin on the puzzle formula, with Tilelicious: Delicious Tiles, but what exactly does it do differently from the traditional 2048?
Honestly, not much in terms of gameplay. You have a couple of tiles laid out on a 5×5 grid, and you move them around by pressing a direction on the D-Pad. You don’t directly control the tiles, but instead, you slide all of the tiles in one direction in order to match tiles. Each tile has a different design, and when you match two of the same design, they will merge into one and upgrade to a new image. Each stage features unique images, but your ultimate goal is to create a special image by matching a string of tiles enough times. Sounds simple enough, right? There’s definitely more to it than that though.
Whenever you move the tiles, another tile with a random image will be added to the grid, regardless if you matched any with the previous move or not. You’ll need to be very mindful of where you move the tiles, because if each space is filled in the grid, it’s game over. Although this is a regular mechanic for 2048, it can be off putting to fail a stage due to what tile is randomly generated. This problem is especially noticeable in the later stages of the game, where the difficulty spike is anything but subtle. More images to match means less room for error, and considering that luck is your determining factor, the game can be outright frustrating at times to play.
Below average gameplay aside, Tilelicious is quite impressive when it comes to presentation. Each stage features different types of food on the tiles for you to match up, all while a very enthusiastic announcer makes high energy comments whenever you start making higher ranked pictures. From chocolate truffles to fresh deli sandwiches, this game does a fantastic job of catching players attention with delicious looking food. However, some pictures in later stages look too similar to each other at times. This can lead to trying to match two completely different pictures, resulting in a waste of a turn and space for players to work with. Yes, you have unlimited tries when it comes to completing the stages, but it will definitely feel frustrating to work on the same grid for 30 minutes straight.
This review is short, but what else is there to say? The game is a nice distraction for a few minutes, but it’s honestly not even worth the small price. In fact, I feel it’s asking too much for a game that can be played on other devices for free. I commend the developers for trying to make the game of 2048 more interesting with it’s varying image themes, stage progression, and energetic commentator, but it’s not enough. Ultimately, Tilelicious is a frustratingly shallow puzzle game, and can be completely avoided without missing anything.
+ Visuals are nice to look at
+ Announcer brings a little life to the game
– Difficulty can be too obnoxious
– Luck can be a determining factor rather than skill
– Price is too high for something so little
Final score: 2 out of 5